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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cacao Newbie Usually Has a Green Thumb
« on: September 05, 2020, 01:46:46 PM »
 :o 2-3ft tall cacaos arrive perfectly intact, in the mail. but the leaves fall off, within 1-2 days of unpacking them.  On my second attempt, now.

Are they drought-deciduous, and do you believe they will come back? I understand that cauliflorous growth may come anywhere out of tender parts of the cacao plant, for so long as it stays green.

We're experiencing high heat, in southern California, right now. My other tender tropicals are mulched, under partial shade, and loving it -- except for these new cacao, right out of the box.

I also have people randomly giving me their failed nursery plants. They are apparently grown in soilless medium on a nutrient drip. I give it compost tea, and they come back from the dead. I bring this up, because some of these leaves on my cacao were larger than the tiny pot, they were shipped in. This round of (now-leafless) cacaos has been placed against a shady wall, in an aerated hydroponic situation, and still comes across as drying. 

Seeds are brand new, as of this week, or still on the plant.

1 berry, 1 aril, or 1 pit, $1 each.

Red peach:

(metric: about 26cm)


Passiflora caerulea:

Potent fragrance.

^ Pulp benefits from sugar, in the form of a syrup, or mixed with a clear juice, to impart tropical aftertaste. We use apple or white grape.

Maqui 'super' berry:

For nutra-ceutical / functional foods market, due to high anthocyanin / antioxidant / purple pigment. Containing barely enough juice to stain fingers on picking, it would typically be dried and powdered. Sometimes gets mixed with acai.


Payment and shipping label via Paypal.

Small bubble envelope costs me $1/3

Medium sized bubble envelope costs me about $1/each

I have a free plant, for a local who can help me.

Thanks very much.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Brazilian rosewood
« on: April 21, 2019, 12:29:22 AM »
Aniba rosaeodora, is also known as rosewood, Brazilian rosewood, bois de rose and pau-rosa,

Every once in awhile, I look for a source of seeds or viable cuttings.

I have Paypal and barter with seeds of hardwoods.

I understand that Galbanum grows in regions of Russia and the Mid East, where it is sometimes sold as a condiment.

Someone told me that, in his country, 100 seeds could cost 1USD. Then, he just went away, without completing the trade.

I am growing Myrrh and have Frankincense, on the way, to barter.  I can cover expenses plus shipping, and a little something, for your trouble, if you're able to locate this evasive seed. Thanks very much.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Coconuts Wanted
« on: July 09, 2018, 09:53:52 PM »
I live in southern California. I see a sprouted coconut on Ebay for $40, shipping included. I know it's somewhat heavy, but I understand that these are cheap and plentiful, depending on your region. If someone wants to make a competitive offer, I will give the sale to you, instead.

I see many interesting varieties, but am mainly interested in the standard meats and water. Thanks for reading.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / I'm Looking for Pau rosa
« on: February 09, 2018, 11:29:32 AM »
Small quantity of seeds or plants of Aniba rosaeodora, in viable condition.

Thanks for reading.

I would like to start a collection of different-colored muscadines, from seed, and can at least cover shipping expenses.

I realize that collectors have very-specific interests, here, but am open to barter, if I have something in your wishlist.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Simulating Animal Digestion
« on: May 27, 2015, 05:59:57 PM »
I have read scientific literature on this subject, but you will see that my approach has been more intuitive.

Manketti (aka Mongongo) nuts are traditionally harvested from the dung of elephants, who do the work of picking the tree.

(I assume that Afrikaaners did it the hard way, when I saw them featured in scones.)

It has been suggested that germination is improved by bagging them with an avocado, which releases ethylene. The starchy portion of the seeds apparently goes through a ripening process, somewhat akin to the oxidation of a banana. (This is, perhaps, one reason why the water keeps turning brown, when used to germinate very-clean avocado or mango pits.)

The gas would also seem to act like a hormone, in plants, encouraging them to root.

I watched tomatoes being grown under increased pressure, and wondered whether that would make the treatment more effective.

So, I enclosed my Manketti nuts in a clean bottle, with a threaded cap, with two sliced apples, and a similar proportion of grass clippings and manure.

I also had some Argan nuts, and remembered pictures of goats eating them, in trees.

Could the same treatment work on these?

I had five Argan nuts stuck in the surface of moist clay. One had opened, and just stayed that way, for months. Under increased pressure, it expanded to 3-4 times it's normal size. Yielding to the touch but not slimy mush!

None of the Mongongo nuts rattled loosely in their shells, any more. One was even starting open at the edge of the shell. Planted about twenty today.

It has been claimed that Shea and Brazil nuts (Para) grow wherever, so are harvested in the wild. I would like to try the same technique on them, someday.

Citrus General Discussion / Etrog seed question
« on: May 23, 2015, 10:22:45 PM »
Which has bigger seeds, the standard size etrog or the giant, Yemenite etrog?

The seller seems to have the labels mixed up.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Creating lots of planters?
« on: May 23, 2015, 06:39:47 PM »
There is a discount nursery, within a half hour of me, which nurses distressed trees back to health, or buys them at closeout. They have literal mountains of plastic pots, sold used, for cheap.

But, is there something more crafty, fancy, or natural looking, for a container garden, which uses local or homemade materials? 

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / SEEKING: Pistachios
« on: May 19, 2015, 04:13:41 PM »
When they are in season, I would be interested in viable scions and seeds.

(I am extremely careful, but a couple of my Ebay purchases disintegrated, overnight.)

Before discussing different methods, I will open the discussion by saying I have never done any better than 5g pots, filled with native soil, out in the open.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Edible Sandalwood
« on: May 12, 2015, 12:28:51 AM »
I would like to try this, next year.

The Australian version makes edible nuts, which are seasoned as gourmet food.

Valuable hardwood seeds, enroute.
Identified date (Phoenix dactylifera) varieties.

Calamus rotang is the source of rattan canes, and the berry-like fruit are used to make incense. Apparently, harvested in the wild. Tropical.

Ferula gummosa (aka galbaniflua) is a fennel-like plant, which exudes resinous "galbanum" incense, the volatile oil of which is used as an aromatic in soaps and healthcare products. This is also, apparently harvested in the wild. Native to the Mid East, ranging into Eastern Europe. The two varieties are known as Levant or Persian galbanum.

(*Not the Blister Bush, of a similar name.)

Both of the above are possible plants, mentioned in the Bible.

Copernicia prunifera is the Brazilian Carnuba wax palm aka the Palm of Life.

Palms of different varieties are grown in my town, which even has a Palm Ave. These will typically be very ornamental, but serve no utilitarian purpose. I think of them as a source of food and useful materials.

If you have these or relatable seeds, please pm for a trade. I check-in, at least once a week.   8)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cashew question
« on: May 05, 2015, 08:12:11 PM »
Will dried leaves tend to regrow after the transplant of 6" multi-stemmed seedling?

I am getting conflicting info, online, that it is hardy, yet does not like to be transplanted, yet can be transplanted at a young age.

I have recently received this plant, in the mail. It looked very nice. So, I left a good review.

So far, all of my tropical plants have fared very well, when they were left in their original wrappings, out of direct sun, and lightly moistened. When I saw no signs of stress in the leaves, and particularly, if I saw new growth, within a week, I would transplant into a 1g pot.

Shock seems to have set-in, over the course of just a few hours, so that there are no leaves left.

Is this normal, for this plant?


 :) Hi. First post, here.

I ordered several thousand kiwi seeds at wholesale. Seller called them 'Purple Beauty,' shows an image of full-sized kiwi with bright purple fuzz. Just a small amount has completely filled my humidity dome, but there are several ounces left. I will update on germ rate and variegation, on request. (To me, the name resembles Arctic Beauty, which has pink and white markings.)

I have a pouch with way too many 'long' mulberries. These appear to be reddish with black tips.

I've also bought dates at wholesale, am sprouting about 30 pits from each variety, and have saved the rest. It is my understanding that about half will be either male or female. These grow pups, and you would ideally want a greater number of females, with a few male pollinizers. While cross pollination of the parents was a possibility, larger plantations appear to grow large groupings of only one variety. 

My dwarf Acai berry suckers have filled a planter. These are no longer seeds. I am somewhat reserved about sending live plant material, but have more of these than I can use. They are apparently self-fertile, fruit at 5ft, and form thickets.

Some of my interests:
 ( 8) Just ask. If I'm not growing it already, I probably want it. )
Galbanum -- Ferula gummosa aka galbaniflua (not blister bush)
Australian finger limes
Elephant ear fig
Scuppernong, Muscadine, and Mustang grape
perfumery and incense
precious woods.
teas and sweeteners
Brazil, pistachio, and rare nuts
mini coconut
giant papyrus and Bible plants
Aloe ferox
Ferox lily
Balloon flower
Carnuba wax palm
Rattan (especially Rotang)
Copao cactus and unusual succulent fruit

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